So I'm messing around in my .bashrc making different aliases and playing with my prompt. I'm trying now to make an alias that will move into a specific directory, make a new directory based on the date, and make a new file. All in one alias. Here's what I've done...
export DATE="$( date +%d-%b )"
alias hw='cd ~/Java/Homework/257; mkdir $DATE; cd $DATE; vim'
Now if I go out and run hw Client.java
it should move into ~/Java/Homework/257/27-Jan/
and open a new file called Client.java in vim. It all works beautifully except the date variable doesn't work right. It moves me into the ~/Java/Homework/257 directory and makes two directories. One called date and another called +%d-%b and puts the Client.java file in the date directory.
I thought my date variable export simply wasn't working but when I type $DATE at the command prompt it gives me 27-Jan like it should. So does anyone know what could actually be causing this? A friend of mine did something very simliar to this using a slightly different format string for the date and his works just fine. The only thing I have different on my computer is bash-completion from homebrew but I don't see how that would effect my date...